Weeki Wachee Springs Celebrates Mermaids
Aquatic acrobatic theater, on Florida’s western coast.
Hidden in Florida’s so-called Big Bend, mermaid-themed hamlet Weeki Wachee Springs is a quirky Old Florida oddity. Check out its one-of-a-kind amusement park during the day (children who grew up watching The Little Mermaid will be in awe) and then retreat to Homosassa Springs for the evening.
1 Weeki Wachee Springs
More than 60 years old, the mermaid show is the main lure at this theme park, where a troupe (currently 17 strong) of aquatic acrobats in mermaid-like fins performs Esther Williams-esque routines in the pool. There are also bird shows and a river cruise included in the entry fee, but the kitschy show is unbeatable.
2 Riverside Resort
The hotel has four-person suites with full kitchenettesâ€”plus monkeys and the chance to swim with manatees!
The expat Greek hub Tarpon Springs, was once populated with sponge divers: their legacy is the fresh Mediterranean food at spots like this one.
4 Florida Canoe
Once youâ€™ve watched the Weeki Wachee Springsâ€™ mermaid show, hit the spring-fed waters yourself in a canoe. This tour operator offers three-and-a-half-hour self-guided paddling trips that span about seven miles. Youâ€™ll end up in Rogers Park where youâ€™ll be met and transported back to your starting point.